TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol says agents served a search warrant at a southern Arizona humanitarian aid camp and arrested four Mexican citizens suspected of being in the country illegally.
The federal agency said agents on Wednesday tracked the men walking north on a known smuggling route before the four entered the camp run by No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes, an organization that provides care for migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Border Patrol said talks between agents and camp representatives on gaining access to question the men about their citizenship and legal status were unsuccessful. Agents then obtained a search warrant, the agency said.
The aid group released a statement Thursday saying a helicopter, 15 trucks and 30 armed agents were used in arresting four people receiving medical care as desert temperatures exceeded 100 degrees. The camp is located near Arivaca, Arizona, which is 51 miles (82.1 kilometers) southwest of Tucson.
Camp officials said surveillance began late Tuesday and that he law enforcement presence “has deterred people from accessing critical humanitarian assistance during this hot and deadly weather.”